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posted by The Captain @ 3:40 PM
Friday, June 8, 2012

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Hypalon Rigid-hull Inflatable Boat (RIB) Restoration Project

 

There is no problem that this boat doesn't have. It has UV damage, leaking seams, It was coated with a one part coating like GACO or Rhino hide, It has been abraded and has fabric showing through

But regardless of the damage, we are confident that SRC- TUFFCOAT and a little elbow grease will be able to make this boat into a thing of beauty.

The first thing we have to do is get as much of the offending material off as possible. This includes broken handles, bad patches and of course the single part coating.

As you can see from the above picture the fabric is showing through, not just here but all over the boat. One good thing is that the old coating prevented further UV damage to the fabric.

The remainder of the bow ring has got to go.

 

Use a heat gun or hairdryer to melt glue and remove handle or old patches.

Old handle, Bow ring and some of the old paint removed ( what a struggle).

Okay, I admit we were worried – Before I can restore this boat I have to get all the old coating off- if I don’t it will only be a strong as the old coating – even if it was a good coating it would still have to come off because whoever did it put it on when the humidity was about 100% – in the places where you can peel it off you can see little bubbles of moisture between the coating and the hypalon!

Scrape off with wood block. First Get all that old junk off at least one pontoon.

Getting the old one part paint off is very tedious but not that hard. This type of one part system sold for restoring inflatables will work if applied to the right type of boat under the right conditions. It will not however rebuild the hypalon coating like SRC Tuffcoat and it lacks the seal coat which differentiates SRC from other products.

I lightly rough off the area with a fine 200 grit sandpaper or 3m pad then clean the area with acetone before applying a seal coat. I thin the basecoat 10-15% and apply a thin coat to the areas where fabric is showing through. I'll build up the hypalon coating slowly until it is even.

The basecoat sinks into the bare fabric and bonds the thread bare areas. I'll apply two or three thin coats then lightly sand and reapply another coat. This is only necessary when the damage is this extensive and you want a really good job.

After the basecoat dries the sticking up bits can be sanded off.

The plan was to do half the boat and leave the other half unfinished to show the contrast. It was a good plan but too hard so from here on I am just going to finish the project.

Good comparison from old to new.

Good comparison from old to new

Incredible restoration results - an old boat from rags to riches.

Finished and looking great! Now it's your turn to make your inflatable boat look awesome!

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Tuff-coat has done wonders on Avon, Bombard, Caribe, Quicksilver, Zodiac, and many other inflatables. Add years of pleasure to your investment with Tuff-coat.

 

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Small repairs and the addition of small accessories may be attempted by the owner if factory gluing instructions are followed closely.

Rips or holes larger than one inch in the air chambers or within two inches of a seam should be repaired with internal and external patches by a professional repair technician at a certified repair facility. A quick patch repair may solve your problem for a short period of time, but we recommend you have it redone by a professional.

We recommend that major repairs and the addition of large accessories such as oar locks, seating or towing rings be done by a professional repair technician at a certified repair facility.

Read these general repair tips before starting.

Read this overview of fabric types before starting.

Hypalon Fabric Repair Procedures

(PVC Fabric Gluing Instructions Here)

  • Recommended solvent: The solvent used at the factories is called Toluene or Toluol. It is often available at paint, hardware or plumbing stores as a cleaning solvent.
  • You can also use MEK (methyl ethyl ketone). It is often available at paint, hardware or plumbing stores, sold as a cleaner for PVC pipes or lacquer thinner. For non-critical bonds you might substitute acetone.
  • Glue: Zodiac #7097 Universal Glue. You can also use Avon Adhesive (one or two part) or Bostik® or other Hypalon or rubber glues.

 

1. Atmosphere: Glue with humidity less than 70%; and not in direct sunlight; Temp. 64° to 77°F is best.

2. Preparation: Gather rags, glue brush; solvent; timer with second hand or stop watch; make sure all the old glue is cleaned off; get your patch cut out, position noted and marked. It always leaves a neat tidy finish if you tape off the perimeter of the patch area with masking tape to avoid over glue. (If you need more details on this part, read these general tips)

3. Mix accelerator and glue thoroughly either now or while waiting between the solvent wipes below. Accelerator is toxic; keep off skin. Keep mixed glue covered (foil or wax paper) when not using. Pot life is about 1 hour. It may still look liquid, but will have lost effectiveness.

IN ADDITION: you must abrade/scuff the fabric to remove any oxidation and to allow the glue to attain a mechanical bond to the scuffed area. Use 100 grit sandpaper or a Dremel tool. Do not cut into the threads under the protective coating. You just need to cut through the surface to allow the solvents and glue to penetrate. Some accessories rubber surfaces have been preprocessed and do not need abrading, rub just the boat fabric. Wipe clean to remove grit and residue.


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Solvent Cleaning (2 times – to clean the fabric for a strong “mechanical bond” with the glue)

4. Scrub both sides (boat and patch or accessory) with MEK on a rag to clean surface. Wait 10 minutes after the first MEK wash. (time it)

Mix glue and accelerator while waiting, if not done already.

5. Apply one more solvent wipe with 10 minute waiting time (timed) between them.

You are cleaning the fabric for glue adhesion.

Glue Application (2 thin layers 20 minutes apart)

6. Apply a thin glue layer with stiff brush to both sides. Aggressively work it into the fabric with the brush. If it looks too thin, it is probably correct!

7. Wait 20 minutes (timed) If glue still looks wet, wait longer. Check for no tackiness with knuckle, no adhesive should stick to your skin. Humidity control while glue is drying is critical. Keep door closed. Don’t breathe on glue area while inspecting.

8. Repeat steps 6 & 7 (total of 2 layers with 20 minute open time between)

9. Wait 10 minutes after second layer of glue.

10. After 10 minutes, join the parts together. Start from one edge and slowly lay the patch or accessory down onto the glued area.

Press out all air bubbles and wrinkles from the center to the edges. On deflated boat rub as hard as possible with smooth tool, e.g. the back of a large tablespoon – force air out from between boat and patch. Careful not to scratch the fabric.

For davits and hard based accessories, deflate boat and press through from other side to make sure of adhesion. Wipe off excess glue with solvent.

If over 10 minutes or if glue has spots of white haze the glue has picked up moisture and you should try to “reactivate” it. With a clean rag wet the glue surface with MEK but do not rub the glue off (one quick swipe). Then assemble immediately. Press hard. For accessory on an inflated boat you can rub it down vigorously with a rag with MEK on it.

11. Wait at least 48 hours before use.

A mechanical and chemical bond will continue to strengthen over next 7 days. Don’t be tempted to shorten the process. Don’t cut this curing time short: your patch could peel off like a Post It note!

12. Pressure test if you want to be sure. Blow it up to full pressure. Leave it overnight.

13. Go boating!

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Many modern Zodiac brand boats are made of PVC.

Small repairs and the addition of small accessories may be attempted by the owner if factory gluing instructions are followed closely.

Rips or holes larger than one inch in the air chambers or within two inches of a seam should be repaired with internal and external patches by a professional repair technician at a certified repair facility. A quick patch repair may solve your problem for a short period of time, but we recommend you have it redone by a professional.

We recommend that major repairs and the addition of large accessories such as oar locks, seating or towing rings be done by a professional repair technician at a certified repair facility.

Read these general repair tips before starting.

Read this overview of fabric types before starting.

 

PVC Fabric Repair Procedures

(Hypalon Fabric Gluing Instructions Here)

 

  • Recommended solvent: MEK (methyl ethyl ketone). It is often available at paint, hardware or plumbing stores, sold as a cleaner for PVC pipes or lacquer thinner. For non-critical bonds you might substitute acetone.
  • Glue: Zodiac #7097 Universal Glue; Polymarine Urethane (PVC) Glue. Do not use Avon Adhesive (one or two part) or Bostik® or other Hypalon or rubber glues. They will not work on synthetic materials.

 

1. Atmosphere: Glue with humidity less than 70%; and not in direct sunlight; Temp. 64° to 77°F is best.

2. Preparation: Gather rags, glue brush; solvent; timer with second hand or stop watch; make sure all the old glue is cleaned off; get your patch cut out, position noted and marked. It always leaves a neat tidy finish if you tape off the perimeter of the patch area with masking tape to avoid over glue. (If you need more details on this part, read these general tips)

3. Mix accelerator and glue thoroughly either now or while waiting between the solvent wipes below. Accelerator is toxic; keep off skin. Keep mixed glue covered (foil or wax paper) when not using. Pot life is about 1 hour. It may still look liquid, but will have lost effectiveness.

Solvent Cleaning (3 times – to prepare the fabric for a chemical bond with the glue)

4. Scrub both sides (boat and patch or accessory) with MEK on a rag to clean surface. Be careful not to wipe the MEK on areas of the boat or patch that will be seen as MEK will make the fabric sticky and shiny. Use masking tape around the perimeter to minimize this. Wait 5 minutes after the first MEK wash. (time it)

Mix glue and accelerator while waiting, if not done already.


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5. Apply two more solvent wipes with 5 minute waiting time (timed) between them.

You are preparing the fabric for glue adhesion. Abrading these PVC fabrics is not recommended or necessary.

Glue Application (3 thin layers)

6. Apply a thin glue layer with stiff brush to both sides. Aggressively work it into the fabric with the brush. If it looks too thin, it is probably correct!

7. Wait five minutes (timed) If glue still looks wet, wait longer.

8. Repeat steps 6 & 7 (total of 3 layers with 5 minute open time between)

9. Wait 10 minutes after third layer of glue.

10. Join the surfaces during the next 10 minutes. Start from one edge and slowly lay the patch or accessory down onto the glued area.

Press out all air bubbles and wrinkles from the center to the edges. On deflated boat rub as hard as possible with smooth tool, e.g. the back of a large tablespoon – force air out from between boat and patch. Careful not to scratch the fabric.

For davits and hard based accessories, deflate boat and press through from other side to make sure of adhesion. Wipe off excess glue with solvent.

If over 10 minutes or if glue has spots of white haze the glue has picked up moisture and you should try to “reactivate” it. With a clean rag wet the glue surface with MEK but do not rub the glue off (one quick swipe). Then assemble immediately. Press hard. For accessory on an inflated boat you can rub it down vigorously with a rag. Make sure there is no MEK on the rag when using it to run down the part or patch.

11. Wait at least 48 hours before use.

Chemical bond will continue to strengthen over next 7 days. Don’t be tempted to shorten the process. Don’t cut this curing time short: your patch could peel off like a Post It note!

12. Pressure test if you want to be sure. Blow it up to full pressure. Leave it overnight.

13. Go boating!

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Inflatable boat and inflatable kayak repair information

posted by The Captain @ 12:54 PM
Thursday, May 31, 2012

You can easily repair your inflatable boat and its minor punctures (1cm or less), be it either in Hypalon or in Strongan/PVC fabric. Read basic repair instructions below, but when performing simple repairs follow the instructions in your owner’s manual. Always use safety equipment. Seek a professional repair station for complete details, instructions and materials.
For larger repairs, consult your authorized dealer.

To know the fabric of your inflatable boat, check the buoyancy tube’s vertical seams. Since about 1985, most ZODIAC boats are made in Strongan/PVC fabric.

HAND-GLUED SEAMS = HYPALON FABRIC
Traditional assembly method for hypalon fabric. The 2 panels are glued, one covering the other. You will only see part of fabric that covers the other section.

THERMOBONDED SEAMS = STRONGAN FABRIC
Robotized hot assembly technique: two layers of fabric are welded between an exterior reinforcement band and an interior airtight band. What you see is the exterior band, with 2 borders.

REPAIR KIT
Cleaning:
- Hypalon fabric: rough the material with the pumice stone provided (never use solvent)
- Strongan fabric: Grease remover of the MEK or acetone type. Use safety equipment.
Repairing:
- Fabric patch (use correct fabric for your inflatable boat)
- Tube of special glue, ready for use: check with your dealer that you use the suitable glue
- Small paint brush

CONDITIONS NECESSARY FOR A SUCCESSFUL REPAIR
- Relative humidity less that 60%
- Temperature between 18 and 25°C (64.4 and 77°F)
- Avoid carrying out repairs in direct sunlight or rain
- Check that the buoyancy tube is fully deflated and lies flat


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PREPARATION
- Cut out a round patch at least 5 cm larger than the hole or cut to be repaired
- Draw around the shape of the patch exactly where it will be applied on the boat
- Clean the damaged part of the boat and the corresponding side of the patch
- Strongan fabric: with a grease remover of the alcohol type
- Hypalon fabric: with the pumice stone only
- Allow to dry for 5 minutes

GLUING
- Apply 3 thin layers of glue on both the patch and the roughened area on the boat and let dry for 5 to 10 minutes between each layer until tacky

PUTTING ON THE PATCH
- When the 3rd layer is dry, apply the patch without pressing and adjust the position if required
- Press out the air bubbles which may have formed under the patch
- Smooth the patch with a round object (ie: a spoon) starting from the center of the patch and working out
- Clean the excess glue with a solvent

USE OF BOAT AFTER REPAIR
- Do not expose the repair to sun or rain until cured
- Let dry and cure for 24 hours before inflating

CAUTION!
When using the glue :
- Carefully replace the cap on the tube of glue. If properly sealed, it keeps well.
- Do not leave the tube in the sun or next to heat sources or direct flames.
- Check that the room is properly ventilated, avoid inhaling or ingesting the glue, and avoid its contact with your skin.

NOTE: FOR MAJOR REPAIRS, TAKE YOUR BOAT TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER WHO CAN PERFORM AFTER SALES SERVICE.

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Inflatable boat repairs tips

posted by The Captain @ 12:53 PM
Friday, May 25, 2012

You can easily repair your inflatable boat and its minor punctures (1cm or less), be it either in Hypalon or in Strongan/PVC fabric. Read basic repair instructions below, but when performing simple repairs follow the instructions in your owner’s manual. Always use safety equipment. Seek a professional repair station for complete details, instructions and materials.
For larger repairs, consult your authorized dealer.

To know the fabric of your inflatable boat , check the buoyancy tube’s vertical seams. Since about 1985, most ZODIAC boats are made in Strongan/PVC fabric.

HAND-GLUED SEAMS = HYPALON FABRIC
Traditional assembly method for hypalon fabric. The 2 panels are glued, one covering the other. You will only see part of fabric that covers the other section.

THERMOBONDED SEAMS = STRONGAN FABRIC
Robotized hot assembly technique: two layers of fabric are welded between an exterior reinforcement band and an interior airtight band. What you see is the exterior band, with 2 borders.

REPAIR KIT
Cleaning:

  • Hypalon fabric: rough the material with the pumice stone provided (never use solvent)
  • Strongan fabric: Grease remover of the MEK or acetone type. Use safety equipment.

Repairing:

  • Fabric patch (use correct fabric for your boat)
  • Tube of special glue, ready for use: check with your dealer that you use the suitable glue
  • Small paint brush

CONDITIONS NECESSARY FOR A SUCCESSFUL REPAIR

  • Relative humidity less that 60%
  • Temperature between 18 and 25°C (64.4 and 77°F)
  • Avoid carrying out repairs in direct sunlight or rain
  • Check that the buoyancy tube is fully deflated and lies flat


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PREPARATION

  • Cut out a round patch at least 5 cm larger than the hole or cut to be repaired
  • Draw around the shape of the patch exactly where it will be applied on the boat
  • Clean the damaged part of the boat and the corresponding side of the patch
  • Strongan fabric: with a grease remover of the alcohol type
  • Hypalon fabric: with the pumice stone only
  • Allow to dry for 5 minutes

GLUING

  • Apply 3 thin layers of glue on both the patch and the roughened area on the boat and let dry for 5 to 10 minutes between each layer until tacky

PUTTING ON THE PATCH

  • When the 3rd layer is dry, apply the patch without pressing and adjust the position if required
  • Press out the air bubbles which may have formed under the patch
  • Smooth the patch with a round object (ie: a spoon) starting from the center of the patch and working out
  • Clean the excess glue with a solvent

USE OF BOAT AFTER REPAIR

  • Do not expose the repair to sun or rain until cured
  • Let dry and cure for 24 hours before inflating

CAUTION !
When using the glue :

  • Carefully replace the cap on the tube of glue. If properly sealed, it keeps well.
  • Do not leave the tube in the sun or next to heat sources or direct flames.
  • Check that the room is properly ventilated, avoid inhaling or ingesting the glue, and avoid its contact with your skin

NOTE: FOR MAJOR REPAIRS, TAKE YOUR BOAT TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER WHO CAN PERFORM AFTER SALES SERVICE

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